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The “Best of New York Week” Travel Blogger Link-Up!

Kelders Farm

At Kelder’s farm, Kerhonkson, NY

We’ve made our contribution to the Red Cross. We’ve brought diapers and supplies to the local collection point. We’ve waited patiently in line at the gas station, as shortages hit the mid-Hudson Valley. The effects of Superstorm Sandy are still raw, and for many, normalcy is far, far away. But I can’t keep from looking ahead, at the long-term fall-out from this devastating event.

With my background in tourism destination marketing, I wonder how this storm will affect incoming visitation to New York State. Tourism is one of the state’s largest economic engines.  Will potential visitors who are unfamiliar with the state’s geography think the entire state is out of commission, and make plans to go elsewhere?

After Hurricane Irene hit New York last year, I dedicated a post to all the BIG things to love in New York which we’ve visited for this blog, like the world’s largest toy store, the world’s largest indoor theater, the world’s largest collection of glass, and the world’s largest pancake griddle.

Corning Museum of Glass

At the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

There are so many great travel stories to tell about New York State. So I’m asking my fellow travel bloggers to link here with me this week, to share their tales. The Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, the Thousand Islands region, Niagara, and (most of) the Hudson Valley…all of these destinations escaped major harm, and are ready now to welcome visitors.

I was born in Queens, partially raised in Long Island (where many of my family members are now dealing with the storm’s after-effects), and have been a Hudson Valley resident for almost 20 years.  I’m proud to call New York home, and know we’ll bounce back, stronger than before.

If you have a blog post about a trip you enjoyed anywhere in New York State, please link up below. And please let others know this list is here, for anyone who wants to see the selection of amazing things to do and see in New York!

Because we ♥ New York, now more than ever.


  1. Mike said,
    November 5, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Great post. We are thinking about you guys up in NY….

  2. Lisa said,
    November 5, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    So many great posts about New York State! Don’t think that I’ll make it back to NYC until April but I’m already looking forward to visiting one of the world’s greatest cities!

  3. Karina said,
    November 5, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    The great thing about a state like NY is that it’s reputation is immeasurable. Tourists will flock to NY because it is NY. After disasters like these, people bounce back and so will the tourism industry. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone having to deal with the aftermath of such a terrible disaster. What a great post! Thank you.


  4. Sandra Foyt said,
    November 5, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Thanks, Traci, for this reminder that New York has so much to offer visitors – Superstorm or not.

  5. Prentice said,
    November 5, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    I don’t think that this storm will effect a lot to NY Tourism. It may reduce a few of the organic tourism, not a lot.

  6. Tonya said,
    November 5, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    My daughter and I visited NYC last month and had such a wonderful time. It’s so hard to watch the news and see the destruction that Sandy caused along the coast. We lived in Alabama when the tornadoes ripped through last year so I know what it’s like not to have electric, etc. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this nightmare.

  7. November 5, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    This is a great idea. We were in New York earlier in the year and loved every minute of our time there. I have been devastated to think of the damage done to the city especially the downtown area where we spent most of our time. I will be going back as soon as I can and I hope other people will return and support the city and the people as it recovers.

  8. November 6, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    This is such a great list and idea to showcase New York. We were just in NYC last June but after seeing all of these posts, feel the need to go back soon. Thoughts and prayers to all of you affected by the superstorm.

  9. November 9, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Traci, What a great idea! As you know I live on Long Island and there are so many areas that are devastated. I am very grateful that I was able to bring my son to Coney Island in Brooklyn and Atlantic City and Cape May in NJ this summer before the storm changed the landscape and erased the historical charm. I am headed into the city to spend the day at the museums tomorrow just to get away for a little “pick me up”.

  10. liz said,
    March 6, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    What a great post and I think we are in fact bouncing back! Family In New York would love to be a part of some stories that can be linked here in the future 🙂 Family In New York is a family owned company that provides custom private New York tours! They create customized tours that specialize in taking people off the beaten path and showing them the best of what NYC has to offer!

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